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Feb. 21, 2001 -- No. 83


Adverse weather forecast moves Carolina genomics announcement to Lineberger


1 p.m., Thursday (Feb. 22)

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center plaza-level conference room

"Genomics 101," a special briefing by top faculty

Lineberger plaza-level conference room

Due to adverse weather predictions for the Triangle area on Thursday (Feb. 22), university officials have moved the following to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Chancellor James Moeser will announce the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís commitment over the next decade to funding a growing campuswide genome sciences initiative Thursday (Feb. 22) at 1 p.m. Moeser will outline public-private partnerships contributing to the total investment in UNCís genome sciences initiative through programs, faculty positions and buildings, among other categories. He will announce a major multi-million-dollar private gift and federal funding involving genomics, which made international news Feb. 12 when scientists released the first analyses of the draft human genome in Washington, D.C.

Besides Moeser, ceremony speakers include U.S. Rep. David Price, UNC President Molly Corbett Broad, Dr. Jeffrey Houpt, UNC School of Medicine dean, and Dr. Terry Magnuson, one of the worldís most sought-after experts in mammalian genetics. Magnuson moved his laboratory and staff from Case Western Reserve University to Chapel Hill in July to head UNCís new genetics department. Later, Magnuson will moderate "Genomics 101," a briefing by three professors at the forefront of this rapidly emerging field. They will address the implications of genomics in areas ranging from cancer to cystic fibrosis to biology. That briefing will be held immediately following the announcement.

Visual opportunity: Photographers will have opportunities to shoot in Magnusonís laboratory, located near the announcement setting.

Audio/video feeds: Microphones may be placed on the podium, and other equipment may be located near the podium. Broadcasters with special technical needs should contact Karen Moon in advance at (919) 962-8595 or

Parking: Spaces will be located near the center; contact News Services, (919) 962-2091, Thursday (Feb. 22) morning for complete details.

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Contacts: News Services staff, (919) 962-2091, and Les Lang, medical school, (919) 843-9687